Katharina Massing

Katharina Massing

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
History, Languages and International Studies


Dr Massing joined NTU in 2016 as a Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies. On the MA Museum and Heritage Development she is the module leader for the Research Project, Materiality and Memory and Museum and Heritage Futures. For the BA History Dr Massing teaches on History Matters at Level 1 and Heritage Matters at Level 2.

Career overview

Before working at NTU Dr Massing completed her PhD in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University. Her doctoral thesis, entitled Finding an ecomuseum ideal for Hainan Province: Encouraging community participation in intangible cultural and natural heritage protection in a rural setting in China, investigated the current ecomuseum development in Hainan Province, China.She also holds a MA in Chinese Studies (major), Chinese Language (minor) and East Asian Art History from Freie Universität in Berlin.

Research areas

Dr Massing’s research background lies in the field of regional studies, specifically Chinese Studies. Her research interests include heritage and museums in China, intangible cultural heritage, natural heritage, sustainable tourism, theme parks, community participation in heritage management and holistic approaches to heritage management such as ecomuseums. She is particularly interested in ways in which local communities identify, interpret and safeguard heritage outside of the official heritage discourse.


Massing, K. (2017) ‘Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in an ethnic theme park setting – the case of Binglanggu in Hainan Province, China’. International Journal of Heritage Studies. doi: 10.1080/13527258.2017.1362571.

Massing, K. (2015) ‘Establishing ecomuseums in Hainan Province: challenges and opportunities for community participation in intangible cultural heritage protection’. In Lira, S., Amoêda, R. and Pinheiro, C. (eds) Sharing Cultures 2015: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage. Barcelos: Green Lines Institute, pp. 477-488.

Corsane, G. and Massing, K. (2015) ‘Establishing Ecomuseums in Hainan Province’. In Corsane, G. and Li, J. (eds) Research of China and UK Cooperative Cases in Cultural Creative Industry. Beijing: China Commerce and Trade Press, pp. 249-272.

Corsane, G. and Massing, K. (2015) ‘From the ‘fragmented’ to the ‘mosaic’ ecomuseum – various forms of shaping ‘territory’ in the different generations of ecomuseums in China’.  In Lira, S., Amoêda, R. and Pinheiro, C (eds) Sharing Cultures 2015: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage. Barcelos: Green Lines Institute, pp. 453-466.

Massing, K. (2013) Review of History of China, by Kai Vogelsang (in German). Politische Bildung, 2, pp. 162-163.

Massing, K. (2012) ‘Protecting the intangible heritage of Hainan Province: could the use of ecomuseum principles help safeguard the intangible heritage of the Li and the Miao minorities?’. In Lira, S., Amoêda, R., Pinheiro, C., Davis, P., Stefano, M., Corsane, G. (eds) Ecomuseums 2012: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Ecomuseums, Community Museums and Living Communities. Barcelos: Green Lines Institute, pp. 225-232.

Course(s) I teach on

  • English civil war memorabilia on a table
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Part-time (day) | 2018


  • Students at Trent Bridge archive
    Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time | 2018